Revive Your Heat Damaged Hair In 5 Easy Steps!
Winters are trying times, especially for hair, with the drying temperatures and frozen climates. Between that and the constant manipulation required to get bomb hair in such ugly weather, it’s fairly easy to unintentionally damage our tresses just before spring. I’m actually in the process of recovering from heat damage myself, so if you’re dealing with it too, here’s how to revive those tresses now that spring is upon us!
Give up the Heat: You won’t get the results you want doing the same things that damaged your hair to begin with. Step away from the flat irons, curling irons, or whatever else your iron of choice is. Try instead to mold your hair straight by tying it down when wet, or banding if it is long enough. Use rollers, perm rods, or other non-heat methods for curls. Also be sure to protect your hair from the sun since direct contact with UV rays are damaging. So when you’re on the beach, or on your next vacation be sure to take a hat, cute turban or stay under shelter.
Avoid Damaging Products: Sulfates and other chemicals are proven to be drying to the hair, and should be avoided in your revival efforts. To rid your hair of build up instead of sulfate shampoos, try a natural option like Apple Cider Vinegar (known to help the hair’s PH levels too), or sulfate free shampoos. Hair color, perms and other chemical processes should also be avoided. Play around with rinses, and semi-permanent hair color options if you do find yourself fiending for a color fix.
Pick a Cut from Our IG and Remove the Damage: Damaged hair like split ends, have the potential to spread up the hair shaft and damage the once healthy hair. Split ends, or brittle ends should therefore be trimmed gradually or pick a super cute pixie from our page and start fresh. Make sure to tag us with #thecutlife!
Take the Elasticity Test: This quick test will determine if your damaged hair is in need of protein or moisture. To perform: take strands of your wet hair and stretch it between your fingers. If it doesn’t stretch or breaks right away, you need some moisture. If it stretches but does not return to the initial length, or breaks, you need some protein. If your hair stretches, and returns to the normal state without breaking, your protein and moisture is balanced. Take the test and determine which you need.
If it’s moisture you’re missing, be sure to deep condition regularly and use a daily moisturizer of your choice, locking it in with an oil. If protein is the problem, there are plenty of protein masks on the market, or you can mix 2 egg yolks, 2 teaspoons of extra virgin olive oil and half an avocado to achieve similar results.
Go to a Professional: Although no one knows you like you do, a professional stylist is more educated in hair period. If you’re a student of YouTube or have used trial and error to achieve your damaged mane, it may be time to trust someone who is certified to style hair and can cater to your hair’s needs. A stylist can also help in assessing the damage and assist in coming up with an effective plan for your particular situation.
Spring is here and ain’t nobody got time for damage. Use the aforementioned tips to revive your damaged hair back from the winter trenches and prepare you for the Spring slayage. Let us know in the comments below if you have any additional tips.